The Surgeon Delay




A mysterious box of wonder. What secrets could lie within? Matthews Effects yearly April fools mystery box tradition is back and better than ever!! The fool is a full effect pedal with an enclosure ready to go onto your pedalboard. Our goal is for these to ship by April 1st but demand might cause a delay by a week.

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What is it?

The Fool 2022 is a NOS Germanium Treble Booster! If you have never experience a proper germanium treble booster than prepare to have your world changed!!!!!

Feature Highlights

NOS Germanium Transistor - The Fool uses NOS Germanium AC127's as the centerpiece for this product. There is nothing like a true germanium transistor to take your tone to the next level

Combines a legendary vintage audio circuit with modern updates - All of the signal path uses high end limited components while uses modern components for things that don't affect the audio path.

Soft touch bypass - The unit will remember the state it was last in when the pedal is unplugged from power. This is perfect for true bypass loopers allowing it to always power up in the state you want it to.



Gain- This control allows you to adjust the output of the boost circuit. Drive it harder to push other circuits into higher gain or keep it low as a tone shaper that's always on.

Unique design

When starting the design process for this years "Fool" i really wanted to create something that not only sounded good but was a unique experience for Matthews Effects customers. We went with a more traditional centered bypass switch, a standardized font script for our branding instead of our traditional logo, we took inspiration from our POG mod and added a amp jewel as your bypass indicator, an oversized knob and art aesthetics that have never been seen from us before and pays homage to the effects of the past! This combined with what we did with the circuit created something that even if it didn't become a permanent staple on your pedalboard would be something you would want to keep in your collection since everyone should have something germanium in their pedal collection!

Thank You

I want to thank the community for becoming involved and supporting this years mysterious box of wonder! Its been a lot of fun and we appreciate so much the trust you put in us. We really hope that you have had a fun time and enjoy your mystery box!


Rick Matthews obsesses over every last detail to make the highest quality and intuitive pedals available. This commitment to excellence is on full display with this years "Fool" mysterious box of wonder.

  • NOS Germanium Transistor
  • High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Top-mounted jacks make pedal board placement effortless
  • Soft-touch footswitch designed for years of abuse
  • Includes Matthews Effects limited 5-year warranty
  • 9v 50ma

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 4 in


  • Built in the U.S.A.
  • High grade components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Top mounted input and output jacks
  • 9V power jack power draw: (50ma).
  • 2.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″ (63.5mm x 114.3mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switch


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